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Founders All Day IPA Session Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders All Day IPA Session AleFounders All Day IPA Session Ale
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3.87/5
Very Good
7,248 Ratings
Founders All Day IPA Session AleFounders All Day IPA Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Endurance - All Day IPA.

Added by Avagadro on 06-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,415
Reviews:
1,013
Ratings:
7,248
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 7,248 |  Reviews: 1,013
Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours crystal clear yellow gold color with a nice 1 finger foamy off white head that was full of small bubbles, which faded kind of quickly, leaving good foamy lacing. More like a pale ale than an IPA in looks, and surprisingly basic looking for a Founders beer.

The hop aromas jump out and smell very fresh up front, with citrus hops, piney hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, light caramel, faint toasted grains, biscuit, grassy herbs and mild spices; the smell has some floral hops as well and it’s a really nice, softy hoppy odor.

The flavor is just like the nose, but with a stronger malt presence; the taste is a combo of oily citrus hops, toasted grains, biscuit, piney hops/pine cone, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon, light caramel, grass, herbs and mild spices like pepper and tea leaf. After a few sips it seems like the hops wear off and graham cracker or a little brown sugar come out for just enough grainy/sweet balance to make this incredibly easy to drink. Not a strong punchy, traditional IPA, especially compared to some of the other Founders hop-bombs, but this got the job done as a remarkable session beer.

It is very refreshing, light and crisp, with tight, fizzy carbonation, a very light body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that was just as much grain as it was hop. Could be the lightest feeling IPA that I’ve ever had, and I could drink the whole 6 pack in a sitting with no problem.

Overall a great beer that was too easy to drink; named perfectly, this is a definite session beer, however the only drawback is that it is lighter than expected as far as the flavor so that is the trade off. Either way, I’m glad this beer is available in NY now.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Very clear, deep gold in color, with lots of visible carbonation and a one finger white head.

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit hops, with some melon/spice, resinous pine, and flowery character as well. Just a hint of light grainy malts in the background.

T: Follows the nose, but the hops take a little of a backseat to the grainy (not quite husky) cracker malts, and the melon/spice hop flavors seem to take over for the fruitiness in the hop profile. Light bitterness in the hang, but this goes down pretty easy.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Pretty good, and it would be easy to put down a few while working the grill...but there are some other APAs in this ABV/aroma category that I would prefer. Solid beer for the style and I'm glad to have it available on shelves here, but the flavor doesn't quite live up to the really nice aroma.

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Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Domvan
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All Day IPA is an attractive gold color. It looks a tad hazy. When held to light, it has a very faint orange tint to it. A soft, white head covers the surface and rises to nearly a finger in height. It recedes quickly and leaves a very light lacing behind as it descends.

The nose seems a little weak, but it still smells pretty good. Hops are very apparent from the first whiff. Smells like a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine mostly. It’s a nice mix though. Smells pretty good. There are some malty notes. A little caramel and perhaps toasted malts are in the mix. They definitely take a back seat to the hops though. Alcohol is buried. No huge surprise there. Needs more strength, but smells pretty good.

The flavor is good. Hops are definitely front and center. Grapefruit and pine flavors hit the palate and resonate throughout. The malt base features light caramel and toasted malts. They don’t overpower the hops though. The hops have a really nice flavor that shines, and they add a touch of bitterness along the way. All in all, it’s has a decent amount of balance though. No need to worry about scathing bitterness here. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes fruity and a little dry.

All Day IPA definitely has a lighter body. Carbonation seems light and soft. For what it is, it has a nice feel. It’s very light and easy drinking. I could handle a few bottles of this with ease. But, I guess that’s the point, isn’t it?

Founders Brewing Company is one of my favorite breweries. They aren’t the first to brew a lower abv IPA, but they did a nice job with it. It has a really nice flavor and is very, very drinkable. Sounds like mission accomplished to me. If you’re a fan of IPAs and are looking for something to drink over an evening, find a few bottles of this. It fits the bill!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice fresh fruit hop aroma. Sweet and light. Some doughy malt in background. Overall nice aroma.
Not much head - although poured while cold. Mostly clear and slightly cloudy darkish gold.
Forward hop flavors with moderately intense bitterness from mid through the finish. Some supportive malt with a bit of sweetness and caramel.
As would be expected with such a low abv there is a watery quality to the feel - quite thin. Ample carbonation.
A nice quality drinker for warm weather - which seems far away, although does seem a little possible in some distance future . Balanced well in flavors

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the remnants of what was probably once a bottled on date smeared on the side, but no longer readable. I'm confident that I got a fresh six pack though, so we'll see. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour manages to conjure just over 1 finger of thin fizzy white head which disappears into a froth within seconds. Body color is a light murky yellow-orange color. No lacing.

S - The smell is decent: fresh pine needles, grapefruits, and oranges with some dusty bready malt lurking in the background. Definite noticeable cat piss acidity, like others have noted.

T - This is one of those beers that smells a lot better than it is. Basically none of those bitter sweet fruity flavors you expect in an IPA. Hop bitterness is present, but strange. Tastes a little bit mineral-y and earthy, but that's quite fine by me.

M - Body is thin and watery, and finishes dry on the palate. Carbonation is moderate & decent enough.

Overall, I can definitely see the market for a lighter IPA such as this one, but it's nothing special to me. However, it is light and exceptionally drinkable. Excellent bottle art, depicting probably a great scenario for drinking this beer: in the middle of a lake in a canoe. A session ale if there ever was one, but I would rather get a more intense IPA than compromise for a lighter one. Either way, I look forward to trying this from a can!

Founders All Day IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of justintcoons
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, tangerine, papaya, navel orange and honeydew.

Taste
Papaya with hints of pineapple and tangerine. Light caramel backbone with notes of candy sugar and honeydew melon. Finishes with subtle notes of pine and orange zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean, sharp and dry.

Overall
Has some really nice tropical flavors upfront and then quickly dives into the dry/bitter territory you'd expect from an IPA. Quite nice.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice session IPA.
Nicely aromatic. Hops and malt seemed in balance; better than many in the style.
Had with a medium-spicy pan-Asian dish and it went OK.
Also had with a mild Asian dish and it went better as the hops cleared the grease.
This won't be the best IPA you taste, but it does its job well enough with spicy food.
Overall, I gave it a 4 as I like Founders and its role as the pioneer brewer in regenerating Grand Rapids.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $2.59
Purchased: May 15, 2014
Consumed: May 15, 2014
Misc.: Bottled March 21, 2014

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated in a short while. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Below average foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal-to-below average retention.

Smelled sharp grapefruit, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, floral hops, tropical hops, bitter spices and tangerine. Yummy.

Tasted not quite as potent as the smell. Got sharp grapefruit, grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind and grapefruit with sugar. Grapefruit I tell you! Also floral hops, citrus hops, tropical notes and orange rind.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Refreshing, slightly bitter finish.

Arguably the best session IPA I’ve ever had (know that there are probably five). Really good.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow hue with some murkiness, and a nice fluffy off white head. Aromas of berries and summer melons hit me first. Flavors follow with some grassy hops, some grapefruit and a hint of tangerine. Thin mouthfeel with clean bitterness and carbonation. As a session IPA, this is up there with Easy Jack for benchmark of the style.

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Founders All Day IPA Session Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7,248 ratings
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